Ohio Valley 18s National Qualifier Sponsored by Mizuno

2021 Dates: Jan. 29,30 & 31 - Registration is open in AES

We are not a Stay to Play event. But we do block rooms in the downtown hotels for you to reserve. We had hoped to publish the reservation links by 10/30. But the hotels are still short staffed. We will publish the links as soon as we get them. The Columbus Convention Center prioritizes future contracts by the number of room night our event occupies.

2021 Entry Fee will be $805 per team.

COVID/19 EFFECTS. Until COVID/19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. To minimize these possible health risks, all USAV sanctioned activities are required to adhere to the most stringent federal, state or local guideline for their respective areas.

Some of the standards set out in the Championship Manual and usual to the operation of the GJNCs and the NQs in the past may need to change to conform to current guidelines. It may not be possible to change the manual to reflect all such changes and requirements. In the case of a conflict between the standards set out in the manual and the most current guidelines in a particular area, the guidelines will prevail. Modifications to any standard for a particular event will be published on the event web site.

Playing Schedule will be posted at a later date.:

The Ohio Valley Region is proud to host a USA Volleyball 18s National Qualifier. The Qualifier will take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31, 2021. This Qualifier is hosting the 18 Open, 18 USA and 18 American Divisions.

Hotel Reservation Information

Real Time Parking Lot Information

Pre-Pay GCCC Parking to guarantee a parking spot.
When purchasing in advance, you can guarantee that you will have
a parking spot and arrive on time because you are not driving
around in circles trying to find a parking spot if all our parking
facilities were to get full.

Nearby Restaurants:

Buca di Beppo
North Market

Subway and Velvet Café Offer: Pre-order your meals with Subway or the Velvet Café to avoid waiting in long lines between games and give your team a competitive advantage.

Pre-order Subway meals at: Subway_Meal_Deals

Pre-order Velvet Cafe meals at: Velvet_Meal_Deals

Team check-in will be open online and in person from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, Jan. 28th at the Championship Desk outside of Hall C/D of the GCCC. Check-in will also be available starting at 7 am on Friday, January 29th, up until you play your first match. The OVQ staff will print rosters from AES or you can bring your most current with you.

During the check in process, the coach, team rep, or club director must sign the team's roster, verifying that all the information contained on the roster is both complete and correct, and that all coaches for the team are Impact or CAP certified as well as background screened and SafeSport certified. The person signing for the team is responsible for verifying that everything is correct and true on the roster. Teams are advised that any penalties for incorrect information will be assessed regardless of who signed the roster.

The Ohio Valley Region will also be hosting a Boys WinterFest Tournament for 18s through 12s this Saturday and Sunday on courts 10 through 23 in the same exhibit hall.

We are in need of someone(s) to sing the National Anthem each morning at 7:45 am. If you know of a person, please have them email me at: Herbert@ovr.org. Include their name, club & team and which morning their would like to sing.

Awards: There will be individual awards to champions and second place and both third place teams in each Gold division only.

Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2019-2021 season will be in effect. Most matches will be best two out of 3 sets. Some alternate match formats may be used to accommodate for smaller divisions or for 3 or 5 team pools, if necessary.

Officiating: All competing teams will be assigned to officiate in the tournament. Teams MUST provide certified referees and scorekeepers. In addition, teams MUST provide the 2nd referee, scoreboard operator and 2 lines-persons (players or registered adults on the team's roster may assist). A rostered adult must be the R2.

Failure to fulfill officiating assignments will result in the loss of 1 point per minute in their next match.

All protests will be resolved by the protest committee as selected by the Head Officials.

Sanction: The tournament is hosted and sanctioned by the Ohio Valley Region - USA Volleyball. All teams and players must be registered with USAV. Team and player registration numbers MUST appear on the Entry Form or the entry will be rejected. Teams using illegal players will forfeit all matches and be disqualified from the tournament and the case turned over to the appropriate Regional Commissioner for further action.

Tournament Ball: This event will use the Molten Super Touch ball for all competition.

Medical services will be available in the First Aid room on the north side of the exhibit hall.

The OVQ has been allocated the following bids:
18 Open < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 11 teams - 1 bid; 12 to 15 teams - 2 bids; 16 - 48 teams - 3 bids
18 USA < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 15 teams - 1 bid; 16 to 23 teams - 2 bids; 24 - 128 teams - 3 bids
18 American < 8 teams - 0 bids; 8 or more teams - 1 bid

Teams who win a bid will have to come to the Championship Desk to sign their bid acceptance before they leave the facility.

The State of Ohio has a law that requires all adults working with minors at sporting events be trained in concussion protocols. We recommend the NFHS course.

Chairs will be provided for spectators.

We will have warm-up balls available at Championship Desk.

The last match on Sunday, January 31st cannot be scheduled to start later than 3 pm.

Tournament Director:
Al Herbert

Head Referee:
Brian Hemelgarn


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